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Australasias Medical Recruitment Experts

Working in Australias Top End is

breathtaking and unique. You will find
experiences here that you just cant
find anywhere else. Im indebted to
IMRmedical for facilitating this
amazing adventure
Dr Lyons, Canada

Australasias Medical Recruitment Experts

"This is the second time I have

used IMR. The practice location
is ideal, with everything I need
close by. The entire experience
has surpassed my expectations"

Dr Molloy, Ireland

Why Australia and New Zealand?

Will I have to take any exams to work there?
Can I get in to training positions?
How much will I get paid and what are the tax rates?
How do I go about finding a job?
What do I need to organise first?
Can I bring my family with me on my work visa?
What is the education system like and how much does schooling cost?
Can I migrate permanently?
What health services and cover are available for me and my family?
How difficult is it to find rental accommodation?
Can I transfer my pension across if I decide to stay permanently?


Great rates, better hours,

and an unbeatable lifestyle
Hundreds of international doctors choose to work in Australia and New Zealand every year because both
countries offer:

Outstanding natural beauty, cleanliness, climate and have an unrivalled lifestyle

Excellent standards of clinical practice
High salaries and offer an exceptional quality of life
Great opportunities for postgraduate training and medical career advancement
A lower cost of living and often more disposable income than in the UK, USA, Ireland, and Canada
Temporary positions for doctors in most specialties and seniorities
A welcoming, multicultural environment

Reasons to Work and Live in Australia and New Zealand

All Doctors:
1. Lifestyle: The attractive and unique features of

addressing their Consultants on a first name basis.

Australian and New Zealand lifestyle play a significant

Feedback tends to suggest that junior doctors are able to

role in the decision to live and work here. With a fantastic

work with far greater autonomy, and in addition can enjoy

climate, pristine beaches, ample space, more time for

a much higher sense of value and recognition within their

family and an abundance of outdoor activities, you will


never be short of things to do. If youre looking for a

3. Paid Overtime: Whilst the standard working week is

change, look no further

usually based around 38 hours in Australia and New Zealand,

2. Hours of Work: In both Australia and New Zealand

doctors are required to submit a timesheet detailing all hours

most doctors enjoy the benefits of a standard 38 hour

worked. This ensures that any extra hours (in addition to those

working week. Usually all over time and after hours

rostered) can be paid accordingly at a higher rate

requirements are paid in addition to this standard week

and are compensated at a higher hourly rate (often

Senior Doctors (Consultants):

double time), making the work-life balance much more

1. Job Opportunities: Due to high demand for Consultants of

enticing than many other countries. After hours and on

all specialties in Australia and New Zealand there are often



more opportunities available allowing doctors more choice

department however these are generally much lower than

with regard to location and position. This of course can in turn

what is found in other health systems

lead to higher negotiating power when it comes to finalising






contract terms and salaries

3. Recognition & Respect: Doctors in Australia and New
Zealand are respected as highly skilled professionals, and

2. Less Politics: In Australia and New Zealand there are

are treated as valuable assets not only to the hospital, but to

significantly less hierarchical tiers in the healthcare system.

the wider community as a whole. In addition to this, a large

This allows process changes to be made relatively quickly

portion of senior hospital management and all clinical

and with much less hassle. In addition, hospitals do not

directors in hospitals are doctors themselves, meaning the

restrict Consultants from working at other facilities whilst

interests of doctors are well represented at an executive

contracted in Australia or New Zealand

3. Public or Private Practice: In Australia over 50% of

Junior Doctors:

Australians hold private health insurance and this means

1. Training Opportunities: Training programs in Australia

Consultants can choose to work in either the public or private

and New Zealand are generally of an exceptional standard,

sectors. There are many benefits to working in the public

with the added advantage of less competition for available

sector and this is often seen as a better environment for a new

places. With far less people applying for Registrar positions,

or internationally trained Consultant, as it offers more security

doctors are more likely to get into the training program of

and structure when first starting work in Australia at this

their choice without an excessive need for research, audit,

senior level. The private sector in Australia is often more

publications or unaccredited years

lucrative than the public sector and there are many large
private groups that can offer similar benefits to those available

2. Workplace Structure: The workplace structure in

with public employers. New Zealand has a predominantly

Australia and New Zealand is much less hierarchical than

public health system with less opportunity for private practice

in other areas of the world, with most junior doctors

although this varies depending on the specific specialty area.


New Zealand:
You may be eligible for medical registration and be exempt
from sitting the New Zealand Registration Examination
(NZREX) if you fall in to one of the following categories:

1. You have a Primary Medical Degree from Australia, New

Zealand, UK or Ireland

2. You have a Specialist Qualification recognised by the

Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) as being eligible for
specialist registration

3. You have a Primary Medical Degree (from a WHO


recognised medical school) and have worked for 33 out of the

As a Junior Doctor, you may be eligible for temporary

last 48 months in one of the following countries:

registration without sitting any exams ever, if you have a

primary qualification from a country considered by the
Australian Medical Council to be a Competent Authority.



This includes primary medical qualifications from the UK,



Ireland, USA, Canada and New Zealand.




Republic of Ireland

In addition, Junior Doctors who have completed their PLAB,

Czech Republic


USMLEs or LMCC may also qualify for registration without



ever having to sit exams. All other doctors may have to sit the



AMC MCQ exam before gaining registration.




The Netherlands

As a Specialist Consultant, you will need to be individually



assessed by the relevant Australasian Specialty College to



determine if you are required to undertake a peer review

period or any further examinations. Many senior doctors are
able to begin work in Australia without initially having to sit
any further examinations at all.

Each specialty college has different requirements to be considered eligible to join an accredited training program. As
with many medical training programs throughout the world some training programs are more competitive than
others. Our staff at International Medical Recruitment would be pleased to discuss the requirements for your
preferred programs to assist you in your career move.


Australian & New Zealand

College of Anaesthetists
630 St Kilda Road
VIC Australia 3004
Tel: +61 3 9510 6299
Fax: +61 3 9510 6786

Australasian College for

Emergency Medicine
34 Jeffcott Street
West Melbourne
VIC Australia 3003
Tel: +61 3 9320 0444
Fax: +61 3 9320 0400

College for Intensive

Care Medicine
Suite 101
168 Greville Street
VIC Australia 3181
Tel: +61 3 9514 2888
Fax: +61 3 9533 2657

Royal Australasian
College of Physicians
145 Macquarie Street
NSW Australia 2000
Tel: +61 2 9256 5444
Fax: +61 2 9252 3310

Royal Australian College

of General Practitioners
RACGP College House
1 Palmerston Crescent
South Melbourne
VIC Australia 3205
Tel: +61 3 8699 0414
Fax: +61 3 8699 0400

Royal Australasian College

of Ophthalmologists
94-98 Chalmers Street
Surry Hills
NSW Australia 2010
Phone : +61 2 9690 1001
Fax : +61 2 9690 1321

Royal Australian and New

Zealand College of
Obstetricians and
254 - 260 Albert Street
East Melbourne
VIC Australia 3002
Tel: +61 3 9417 1699
Fax: +61 3 9419 0672

Royal College of
Pathologists of Australasia
Durham Hall
207 Albion Street
Surry Hills
NSW Australia 2010
Tel: +61 2 8356 5858
Fax: +61 2 8356 5828

Royal Australian and

New Zealand College
of Psychiatrists
309 La Trobe Street
VIC Australia 3000
Tel + 61 3 9640 0646
Fax + 61 3 9642 5652

Royal Australian and

New Zealand College
of Radiologists
Level 9
51 Druitt Street
NSW Australia 2000
Tel +61 2 9268 9777
Fax +61 2 9268 9799

Royal Australasian
College of Surgeons
250 - 290 Spring Street
VIC Australia 3000
Phone: +61 3 9249 1200
Fax: +61 3 9249 1219

Royal New Zealand

College of General
Level 3
88 The Terrace
New Zealand 6011
Tel: +64 4 496 5999
Fax: +64 4 496 5997

Salaries in Australia vary slightly from state to state and are generally based on fixed Government award rates, unless you are
working in a private facility. The table below shows approximate salary package ranges for each seniority:


Approximate Salary Range

General Practitioner
Consultant (Specialist)

Up to $120,000 per annum

Up to $165,000 per annum
Up to $400,000 per annum
Up to $500,000 per annum

For current exchange rates please visit

Salary Packaging is a tax minimisation strategy available to all public hospital employees in Australia. It allows you to
access approximately 30% (variable between employers) of your income as tax-free depending on the hospital you work
in. This is a system used by almost all hospital employees to substantially increase their untaxed salary component.


All public hospital employees can access up to the first 30% of their income as tax-free through salary packaging, the remaining
70% will be taxable. Here are the rates of tax for residents in Australia for the remaining salary after salary packaging:
Taxable Income (Australian $)

Taxable Payable (Australian $)

$0 - $18,200
$18,201 - $37,000
$37,001 - $80,000
$80,001 - $180,000

19c for each $1 over $18,200
$3,572 + 32.5c for each $1 over $37,000
$17,547+ 37c for each $1 over $80,000
$54,547 + 45c for each $1 over $180,000

Tax rates current at time of printing for 2014-2015 financial year - for up to date tax rates please visit

In addition to salary packaging, most hospitals will give all doctors working in Australia the following benefits:
1. Up to 10 days paid Sick Leave per year

work temporarily in Australia are able to claim any

2. Up to 5 weeks paid Annual Leave per year

superannuation earned when they leave to return to their

3. All doctors receive mandatory Superannuation (Pension)

home country

payments to the value of at least 9.25% of their salary. This

4. Consultants will also often receive a yearly CME Allowance

is paid in addition to your normal salary. All doctors who

as well as associated travel and accommodation allowances

Salaries in New Zealand are based on fixed Government award rates and scaled categories, unless you are working in a private
facility. The table below shows approximate salary package ranges for each seniority:


Approximate Salary Range

General Practitioner
Consultant (Specialist)

Up to $100,000 per annum

Up to $145,000 per annum
Up to $180,000 per annum
Up to $300,000 per annum

For current exchange rates please visit


Taxable Income (NZ $)

Taxable Payable (NZ $)

$0 - $14,000
$14,001 - $48,000
$48,001 $70,000

10.5c for every $1

$1,470 + 17.5c for every $1 over $14,000
$7,420 + 30c for every $1 over $48,001
$14,020 + 33c for every $1 over $70,000

Tax rates current at time of printing for 2014-2015 financial year - for up to date tax rates please visit

In addition to salary packaging, most hospitals will give all doctors working in New Zealand the following benefits:
1. Up to 10 days paid Sick Leave per year
2. Up to 5 weeks paid Annual Leave per year
3. Consultants will also often receive a yearly CME Allowance
as well as associated travel and accommodation allowances

"I work during the week in a job that I love, and I

snowboard on the weekends... I love New Zealand!"
Dr Robinson, UK

Australasias Medical Recruitment Experts

"IMRmedical mangaged to
find me my dream job in
Melbourne, the worlds most
liveable city. None of the other
agencies I spoke to were able
to accomplish that. Their
advice and assistance with
relocation was amazing too"
Dr Kumar, UK

There are four main options open to you when looking for a job

enquiries through their many contacts for specific roles that you

in Australia or New Zealand:

have expressed an interest in.

Apply through a Recruitment Agency based in

Australia or New Zealand

You do have the option to apply directly to hospitals that are in

locations of interest, however it is often difficult to identify who is

Find a job advertised and apply directly to that facility

the key decision maker and to contact the appropriate person in

Get a recommendation through a friend who has

each department. Hospitals are often not able to officially

worked in Australia or New Zealand

Any combination of the above

advertise up and coming vacancies until the vacancy has

actually become available. By using a recruitment agency, you
are often aware of vacancies before the official advertising date.

Although some jobs are advertised in medical journals and on

medical websites, many hospitals and health services in

Getting a recommendation through a friend is always useful and

Australia and New Zealand choose to list their vacancies with

they can often give you full details of the role, department and

Agencies where they do not have any costs associated with the

the style of clinical medical practiced in Australia and New

advertising process.


To obtain a full list of current vacancies, it is recommended that

you register with a recruitment agency that is based in Australia
or New Zealand. Recruitment agencies will also make direct

Australasias Medical Recruitment Experts

There are a number of steps involved in making the move to Australia or New Zealand, and to make the process as easy
as possible we recommend that you consider organising things in the following order:

1. Update your CV/Resume and include all work details (it saves having to provide further information later)
2. Register with a recruitment agency based in Australia or New Zealand
3. Consider areas and locations you may be interested in lving and working in (try to be be open-minded)
4. Be prepared for telephone interviews and time differences do your research
5. Secure a job offer and make your decision
6. Undergo assessment with the relevant medical and/or specialty authority in Australia or New Zealand
7. Obtain appropriate medical registration with AHPRA (Australia) or MCNZ (New Zealand)
8. Obtain the appropriate work visa/permit for you and your family
9. Finalise arrangements and prepare for the relocation process
10. Consider what services you and your family may require to settle in (bank accounts, health insurance etc)

Note that a recruitment agency will be able to guide and assist you through every step of the process, and save you
countless amounts of stress and confusion along the way.

In most cases where a doctor enters Australia on a Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa (subclass 457), their spouse is given full work
rights. International doctors entering New Zealand on a work permit are also usually granted permission for their spouse to work
during their stay.

Dependent children under the age of 18 years old are able to travel to both Australia and New Zealand with you if you have an
appropriate work visa/permit. Visit the Australian and New Zealand Immigration websites for further information.

Australia and New Zealand boast world class education systems, with public and private schooling options readily available in both
countries. Public schooling is often free of charge or provided to temporary residents for a small fee, whilst private schooling fees
can vary and are usually charged on a yearly basis. The system is made up of four main components with slight variations,
beginning with preschool (optional) between the ages of 3-5, primary school from 6-12, secondary school from 13-18, and then
optional further tertiary study at a University or TAFE College.

Further Information

Australian Medical Council (AMC)

Medical Board of Australia (AHPRA)

Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ)

Australian Immigration

Immigration New Zealand (INZ)


At International Medical Recruitment we have access to
experienced qualified migration agents that are able to assist
you in obtaining permanent residency and/or citizenship in
Australia or New Zealand.

Migration agents in Australia and New Zealand must be

licenced practitioners who hold current registration, and
further to this, advice on permanent residency and/or
citizenship to Australia and New Zealand can only be given by
registered migration agents.

In general, eligibility for permanent residency in Australia and

New Zealand is assessed on an individual basis taking into
account a number of factors. These can include:

Medical registration status

Type of job offer
Specific job demand
Relatives already living in Australia or NZ
Experience and/or qualifications

Each factor contributes a certain number of points and if you

are able to satisfy the required amount then you may be
eligible to apply.

Most doctors from overseas work for an initial period on a

temporary visa and then apply for permanent residency when
they have fulfilled more criteria for obtaining points.

For further information about permanent residency and/or

"I just want to thank everybody
at IMRmedical who was
involved in my recruitment

citizenship in Australia please visit the Australian Immigration

website at, or for New Zeland please visit
the INZ website at

process. They all took a lot of

stress out of such a huge
relocation for me, and I am very
grateful for that"
Dr Crammer, UK

Australasias Medical Recruitment Experts


(under the Australian Public Health System Medicare)

It is a requirement that individuals applying for a

Reciprocal Health Care Agreements (RHCAs) exist

Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa (subclass 457) maintain

between the Australian Government and some other

adequate health cover for the duration of their stay in

governments to cover medically necessary treatments

Australia, and there are guidelines that govern the

for ill-health or injury which occur while you are in

minimum level of cover required.

Australia and require treatment before you return


For further information on the health insurance

requirements associated with 457 visa, please visit the

The Australian Government has signed RHCAs with

Australian Immigration website at

the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, New

Zealand, Sweden, the Netherlands, Finland, Belgium,

International Medical Recruitment can provide you

Norway, Slovenia, Malta and Italy. These agreements

with an obligation free quote on private health

entitle you to some subsidised health services for

insurance to meet your individual needs. Please email

essential medical treatment while visiting Australia. for more information.

New RHCAs may be negotiated at any time.


If you are a resident of New Zealand, the United

shown on the card, or for the length of your authorised

Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Sweden, Finland or

stay in Australia, if that is an earlier date.

Norway, you are covered for the length of your stay in


If you are visiting from Malta or Italy, and you are a

resident and citizen of those countries, youll be covered

If you are a visitor from Belgium, the Netherlands or

by Medicare for a period of six months from the date of

Slovenia, you need your European Health Insurance card

your arrival in Australia.

to enrol in Medicare. You are eligible until the expiry date


Residents from the United Kingdom, Sweden, the


Netherlands, Finland, Belgium, Norway, Slovenia,

Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), at the general

Malta and Italy, are entitled to the following health or







injury treatments whilst in Australia:

If you receive essential medical treatment as a public
Free treatment as a public in-patient or out-patient in

patient in a public hospital, you wont be charged for

a public hospital; Subsidised medicine under the

any treatment or accommodation. If you elect to be

Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS); and Medicare

treated as a private patient in a public hospital or as a

benefits for out-of-hospital treatment provided by a

private patient in a private hospital, you will be








accommodation. These fees cant be claimed from

Residents of the Republic of Ireland and New Zealand


are entitled to services as a public patient in a public

hospital (including outpatient services) for medically

For further information on RHCAs please visit the


Medicare website at





New Zealand Citizens, Permanent Residents, or temporary residents who hold a work visa that either entitles
them to remain in New Zealand for two years or more (work visas start on the persons first day in New Zealand)
OR entitles them to remain in New Zealand for a period of time which, together with the time that person has
already been lawfully in New Zealand immediately prior to obtaining the visa, equals or exceeds two years
are eligible for publicly funded health and disability services.

New Zealand has reciprocal health agreements with Australia and the United Kingdom (UK). Under each,
certain services may be publicly funded for people covered by the agreements. Those services may be funded
to the same extent as for a national of the country theyre visiting or staying in temporarily. As neither reciprocal agreement provides full coverage, private health insurance is still recommended.


If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, or do not meet the 2 year work permit criteria
mentioned above, it is highly recommended that you obtain adequate health insurance coverage. International
Medical Recruitment can provide you with an obligation free quote on private health insurance to meet your
individual needs. Email for more information.

Most rental properties in Australia are unfurnished properties
and usually include a built in oven, dishwasher, wardrobes,
carpets, curtains and blinds, heating and air-conditioning.
Rental contracts are available from 6 months but more

Average weekly rental price (larger cities):

1 - 3 bedrooms

AUD $250 - $1000

2 - 3 bedrooms

AUD $350 - $1200

commonly a 12 month minimum is required. Rental prices can

fluctuate and vary greatly based primarily on location and

Accommodation websites in Australia:

The majority of doctors entering New Zealand choose to rent a
house or apartment when they first arrive. Initially renting rather
than buying gives you the opportunity to learn which locations
are more suitable to your needs, are commutable to your social
networks, are close to places of employment, and are nearer to
education facilities. For these reasons, short or medium term

Average weekly rental price (based on standard 3

bedroom house in NZ dollars):
Auckland Central
Auckland North
Auckland South
Auckland West
Wellington Hutt Valley
Wellington Central
Wellington Porirua City
Nelson Central


West Coast Westport

Christchurch Riccarton
Christchurch Central
Christchurch Papanui
Dunedin Mosgiel
Dunedin St Clair

rental allows you freedom to move to different parts of a

suburb, town, city or even the country without being
committed to one location.

Accommodation websites in New Zealand:


Who do I transfer my pension to in Australia?

What happens if I dont transfer my pension within

6 months of my residency in Australia?

You will need to transfer your pension to a complying

Australian Superannuation Fund licensed to receive your

If you do not transfer your pension within 6 months, then the

funds. For more information or assistance please email

increase in value of your pension may be subject to

Australian taxation charges.

Is there a time limit for me to transfer my pension to an

Do I have to transfer my pension to Australia?

Australian complying superannuation fund?

No, you can leave it as is, but there are detrimental
Yes, once you become a resident of Australia for Australian

taxation consequences when you eventually retire or

taxation purposes you have 6 months to transfer your funds

bring those funds into Australia either as a regular

to minimise any Australian taxation on transfer.

pension payment or as a lump sum.

When should I start the process of transferring my

Can I add to my pension once it is transferred to an

pension to Australia?

Australian complying superannuation fund?

Due to the possible time delays associated with Australian

Yes. There are several ways that this can be achieved:

taxation offices and fund transfers, we recommend that you

begin the process of transferring your pension immediately

Employment: In Australia if you are an employee and

upon your arrival in Australia.

earn over $450 per month your employer is required by

law to put a minimum of 9.25% of your gross salary into

If I decide to transfer my pension to Australia what

your complying Superannuation Fund.

do I have to do before I leave my home country?

Self Employed: Self employed people can contribute any
You must obtain an up to date statement from your current

amount to their own complying superannuation fund but

pension manager. If you have an employer sponsored

there may be restrictions on the tax deductible amount of

pension please make sure that your pension manager is in

your contributions.

possession of your termination date of employment. You

also need to notify your pension manager in writing of your

Self Funding: Whether employed or self employed you can

intentions to migrate to Australia and give them a forwarding

contribute to your complying superannuation fund at any

address in Australia.

time in addition.

Kiwisaver is New Zealands government superannuation scheme and contributions can be made on a voluntary basis. If you
wish to move your overseas pension fund to New Zealand, there are a number of options available through both overseas
and New Zealand based funds managers. Check with your bank or investment organisation for more information.

All of our services are FREE of charge to doctors seeking work
Highly experienced medical recruitment agency (established in 2000)
The security of working with an established market leader
Huge choice of medical jobs, including many unadvertised vacancies
Strong relationships with hospitals, practices and processing bodies
Free organisation of medical registration and work visas
Unlimited free advice on living and working in Australia and New Zealand
Exclusive access to a wide range of relocation assistance services
Your own allocated highly experienced Medical Recruitment Specialist
State and Federally approved medical recruitment company

Visit our website for further information or phone us for a free confidential discussion:

UK: (0871) 284 7100 | Aus: +61 3 8506 0185 | USA: 1800 961 0342

Australasias Medical Recruitment Experts